In how many states may students walk dorms and classrooms with guns, open and/or concealed?
And now, in Colorado, the site of two mass gun murders in collective memory, the University of Colorado and the state legislature and with the Aurora theater killings still fresh, have knuckled under to the gun lobby reversing the state's thirty-year-old university and college campus gun ban.
As a result, this fall the Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses will have to
. have segregated, special housing for students with guns;
. order safes for guns for every special-housing dorm room;
. allow guns to be carried, concealed or not, throughout campuses.
This may seem at best odd in Colorado since in a 2010 referendum voters there approved by 70% to close the gun-show loophole that had allowed unrestricted sales outside the system of state gun-registration.
Have so few a shred of sense in that thin air...nor in the thirty-four other states that perpetuate this madness?
Possibly, and yet Coloradoans have three times in the past four years wisely rejected adding a 'Personhood Amendment' to their state constitution. That would ban all abortion for any reason and would also outlaw all embryonic stem cell research. It would, too, throw into confusion your legal birthday, and thus
. your social security eligibility date
. your medicare eligibility date
. your driver's licensing age
. your eligibility date for joining the service
. the date on which you may first vote
. the date on which you may first buy alcohol
. the date on which you may access your pension (public/private)
as well as every other aspect of your legal life for which your birth date matters...unless, of course, the legislation specifically preempts the unknowable date of your conception with what you know is the date on which you were born...and yet none of the Personhood Amendments that have been floated and voted on make any such distinction.
Because for benighted zealots, zygotes (spiritually blameless little blobs) are fundamentally more precious than are people (always spiritually blameworthy).
These clearly unintended, avoidable, and baldly idiotic consequences of a 'Parenthood Amendment' may be why Coloradoans voted down the amendment twice and earlier this week even failed by nearly 4,000 to garner the requisite 86,000 signatures to place the question on the ballot yet again.
This is a well-earned slap to Personhood USA, the group responsible for the failing votes for this inane idea, even last November in Mississippi.
Open/Concealed Carry in Classrooms?
Endow blobby little Zygotes with Personhood?
This is where we are, in America: I suspect Colorado's legislature and voters paint a pretty solid portrait of us at this fractured moment in our national political culture.